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    A marble figure of the Capitoline Aphrodite known as The Hamilton Aphrodite, one of the greatest Roman sculptures in private hands, sold for £18,582,000 at Sotheby’s in London today. It had been estimated at £2-£3million. Dating back to the 1st or 2nd century AD marble lays claim to being the finest single piece of ancient sculpture ever to have resided in Scotland, where it spent 144 years between 1776 and 1919, as one of the main attractions of Hamilton Palace, the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton. The Aphrodite entered the collection of Hamilton Palace in 1776, when it was purchased in Rome by Douglas Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton and 5th Duke of Brandon (1756–1799) from the Scottish neoclassical painter and art dealer, Gavin Hamilton (1723–1798, of no relation to the Duke).

    It was acquired by William Randolph Hearst in 1920 and by the Hungarian born New York based art dealer Joseph Brummer in 1940. It was last sold at auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York in 1949.

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